A storage system based on Data ONTAP-v technology is a software-based data storage and retrieval system.
The software version of a NetApp storage controller executes Data ONTAP within a virtual machine on a host server. This enables Data ONTAP to run on servers supported by VMware vSphere to manage storage in virtualized environments.
The virtual storage system does not include dedicated remote management devices. Management is done using the network.
Monitoring, troubleshooting, logging, reporting, and collection of environmental and other system information are performed by the host server.